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Stories with place: Central Africa
  • Poachers kill 4 in anti-poaching patrol in Congo park 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 12:04 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Poachers killed three rangers and one Congolese military colonel who were part of a 10-man patrol that tracked the satellite collar of a killed elephant to a poachers' camp in a national park in Congo, the park's managers said Friday

  • UN envoy: Congo political tensions high ahead of 2016 vote 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 12:03 am

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. envoy for Congo says political tensions are running high ahead of 2016 legislative and presidential elections and human rights violations related to the electoral process are increasing.

  • Attack on UN convoy in C. African Republic kills peacekeeper 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:19 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations says one peacekeeper in Central African Republic has been killed and another injured by armed attackers north of the capital, Bangui.

  • Nigeria: Suicide bombers kill 40 including in 2 mosques 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 4:01 pm

    DAMATURU, Nigeria - Suicide bombers, some screaming "God is great," killed at least 40 people in two northeastern Nigerian states Wednesday, including explosions in two mosques, officials and witnesses said. All the bombers died.

  • South Sudan starts unlikely quest to reach 2018 World Cup 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:20 pm

    KAMPALA, Uganda - A month after celebrating its first win in a competitive game, South Sudan will make its debut in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday as Africa's lowest-ranked countries begin their quests to reach soccer's biggest tournament.

  • UN official: world's displaced population now 60 million 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:48 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - When Antonio Guterres became the U.N. refugee chief almost 10 years ago, the world counted 38 million people displaced by conflict and persecution and the number was declining. Today, it's more than 60 million and rising.

  • Central African Republic elections delayed by fresh violence story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:29 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Fresh violence in Central African Republic has forced the delay of Oct. 18 elections meant to put the troubled country on firmer political ground, officials said Thursday, but they expect the vote will take place by the end of this year.

  • Amid unexplained killings, Burundi descending into anarchy 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:12 pm

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi - Bodies keep turning up in Burundi, dumped at roadsides and in streams. Mass arrests are being carried out.

  • Red Cross: Wounded trapped in C. African Republic capital story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 10:03 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic's treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous to help the wounded and to recover bodies.

  • Former Congo vice president on trial for paying witnesses story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 7:24 am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of interfering with the administration of justice by coaching and paying defense witnesses to give false testimony in his war crimes trial.

  • German court convicts 2 Rwandans over Congo crimes 
    Updated: Sep-28-15 10:48 am

    BERLIN - A German court on Monday convicted two Rwandan men on terrorism charges for playing leading roles in a mostly ethnic-Hutu militia, and found one of them guilty of being an accessory to war crimes committed in eastern Congo.

  • South Africa pulls 50 troops from Congo after violations 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 9:30 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The South African military is withdrawing about 50 peacekeepers from a United Nations mission in Congo because they violated disciplinary codes, a military spokesman said Thursday.

  • Republic of Congo longtime leader wants referendum 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 7:21 pm

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The longtime president of Republic of Congo said Tuesday he is going ahead with a national referendum on whether to change the country's constitution, a move that critics say will allow him to prolong his rule by raising the current maximum age limit to serve as president.

  • UN: Global food needs are outstripping donor generosity 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 6:04 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The head of the U.N. food agency said Tuesday the overwhelming humanitarian needs in crises from Syria, Yemen and Iraq to South Sudan and Africa's Sahel region are outstripping the generosity of donors, and it is seeking new sources of money.

  • In Rwanda, dogs and handlers train to track poachers 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 10:01 am

    AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda - One dog being trained to track poachers in a Rwandan national park is nicknamed "Machine" because of his reputed stamina on a trail. Another dog is known as "Professor" because of his seemingly analytical approach when following a scent.

  • Official: 3 injured in attack on Congo opposition rally 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 3:29 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - Three people were injured Tuesday when men armed with stones and batons descended on an opposition rally in the capital that was demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave office when his term expires next year, a government spokesman said.

  • 17 UN personnel accused of sex abuse in C. African Republic 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 1:56 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - A civilian staff member with the United Nations mission in Central African Republic is alleged to have committed sexual exploitation, bringing the total number of those accused of sexual abuse to 17 since the peacekeeping mission arrived to help stabilize the country, the U.N. said Tuesday.

  • UN: New sex abuse allegation in Central African Republic 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 10:18 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. peacekeeping chief on Friday confirmed a new allegation of sexual abuse by a peacekeeper in Central African Republic, the conflict-ripped country where the United Nations is already investigating 15 other cases of possible sexual misconduct by U.N. troops and police.

  • UN chief says will repatriate peacekeepers over sex abuse 
    Updated: Sep-10-15 6:45 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief is taking aim at sexual abuse by peacekeepers, "one of my greatest disappointments," saying he will repatriate the troops of countries that don't act on allegations and has already started to suspend payments to countries when allegations are credible.

  • Senegalair jet collided with Boeing before crash 
    Updated: Sep-10-15 12:26 pm

    PARIS - French accident investigators say a Senegalair jet that crashed into the Atlantic, killing all seven people on board, had a midair collision with a Boeing 737 before the accident.

  • Pope to visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic story has photos
    Updated: Sep-10-15 10:34 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will make his first trip to Africa in November, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in a pilgrimage that will bring him face to face with Islamic extremism and Christian-Muslim violence on the continent.